On Saturday, March 1, Barrington-area movie lovers will have insider access to two of the most compelling and hardest to see Oscar-nominated film categories -- Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film.
There are five nominees in each category for a total of 10 films.
This special viewing is just one day before the 2014 Academy Awards and will feature all of the nominated films. The Animated Short Films will be shown first, beginning at noon, followed by the Live Action Short Films, beginning at about 2 p.m.
This year's Animated Short Films category include:
"Feral": A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization.
"Get a Horse!": Mickey Mouse and his friends are enjoying a wagon ride until Peg-Leg Pete shows up with plans to ruin their day.
"Mr. Hublot": The eccentric, isolated Mr. Hublot finds his carefully ordered world disrupted by the arrival of Robot Pet.
"Possessions": A man seeking shelter from a storm in a dilapidated shrine encounters a series of household objects inhabited by goblin spirits.
"Room on the Broom": A UK film based on the 2001 picture book "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson is the story of a kind witch who invites animals to join her on her broom.
The films in this category average a running time of less than 10 minutes.
By contrast, the nominated live-action films generally look at more serious subjects and average about 20 minutes in length. Several of the films examine life from the perspective of young children.
The nominations in the Live Action Category are:
"That Wasn't Me": Paula, a Spanish aid worker, has an encounter with an African child soldier named Kaney.
"ASAD": A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.
"Just Before Losing Everything": Miriam has left her abusive husband and taken refuge with her children in the local supermarket where she works.
"Helium": A dying boy finds comfort in the tales of a magical land called HELIUM, told to him by the hospital janitor.
"Do I Have to Take Care of Everything": Sini tries frantically to get her family ready to leave for a wedding, but her husband and two children are interfering with her efforts.
As a courtesy to families with younger children, there will be a brief intermission between the animated and live action showings if they choose not to watch the later films.
Motion picture ratings are not currently available for all the films. However, previews and more information about each of the animated films are available at oscar.go.com/nominees/short-film; animated and live action at oscar.go.com/nominees/short-film-live-action.
This special event is sponsored by the Village of Barrington Cultural Commission. There are a limited number of seats available at the theater, so plan to purchase your tickets early.
Tickets for this event are $10 each and are available at the Catlow Theater and Baloney's Restaurant, 114 W. Main St. in Barrington. For details, call (847) 381-0645.
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